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Flags to half staff for Robb Elementary shooting: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 28  
Bonners Ferry comp plan activities set for June 4: The City of Bonners Ferry is updating the Comprehensive Plan and wants to ensure that the community has an active part in deciding how the city looks, functions, and serves the needs of its residents as the future brings change. On Saturday, June 4, city consultants and community volunteers will have a booth at the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide information and activities for the community to help shape the plan’s overall direction.
City surplus auction underway: The City of Bonners Ferry is disposing of several items by sealed bid due by May 25, 2022, by 3 p.m. The vehicles and items will be displayed at the city utility yard at 6362 Washington Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23-25. A copy of the list of items can be obtained at City Hall during regular business hours. All bids must be submitted to the city in a sealed envelope by 3 p.m., May 25, 2022.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Lincoln County shooting suspect captured: After an all-night manhunt, a Flathead County, Montana, man suspected in a homicide near the mouth of Lake Koocanusa was arrested near his home at about 10 a.m. MDT today. Garry Douglas Seaman, 63, is in custody on a warrant for murder. At about 2:47 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln County Sheriff's dispatch received report of a shooting in the Alexander Creek campground north of Libby.
Montana woman missing from Spokane: Ellen "Ellie" Rosemary Caye, 22, is missing after being left at the Hope House for Women in Spokane. She was last seen April 22. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe who lived on the Flathead Reservation in Lake County, Montana. UPDATE: Ellie has made contact with her family.
Library's woes not over yet: A tort claim on behalf of four whistleblowers was delivered to the Boundary County Free Library District Board at its May meeting this morning seeking the immediate resignation of the entire board and the immediate discharge of two library employees as a show of good faith so as to enter federal mediation requested about six months ago to resolve an array of issues and alleged crimes.
IDL burn permit site to be down for maintenance: Idaho Department of Land’s burn permit website, burnpermits.idaho.gov, will be down for maintenance from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and burn permits will not be available during this time. Since the permits are valid 10 days from the date of issue, those who have plans to burn this weekend should apply for a permit now. Permits are free, applying only takes a few minutes, and the permit is issued immediately.
Boundary County Commission minutes May 9
Herndon issues release on Senate win: Scott Herndon shocked the Idaho political establishment last night by defeating two-term incumbent Senator Jim Woodward in Idaho’s First senate district. Herndon won decisively by double digits: 56-percent to 44-percent. Herndon’s campaign ran a data-driven operation, drawing a stark contrast between his conservative political views and Woodward’s voting record. Herndon’s political strategist Woodrow Johnston said.
Wind advisory in effect until 9 p.m.: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a wind advisory for North Idaho calling for southwest winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusts to 45 miles per hour, in effect from noon until 9 p.m. today. The Missoula office of the National Weather Service has also issued the same advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region, in effect until midnight.
Robertson, Fioravanti to be new county commissioners: With a turnout of 47.9 percent, Ben Robertson and Steve Fioravanti will be Boundary County's new county commissioners in 2023, Robertson having defeated incumbent Dan Dinning, 2,076 to 1,059 and Steve Fioravanti defeated incumbent Tim Bertling, 1,603 to 1,524. Chad Workman will take over as county coroner, winning that race 2,214 to 476. Caleb Davis retains his seat as Republican precinct committeeman for Moyie Springs, defeating Elena Quinn 405 to 283, and Lester Pinkerton will be the GOP precinct committeeman for North Bonners Ferry, garnering 302 votes to Amy Roemelen's 151 and Jeffrey Bogard's 48. Updated 7:50 a.m. May 18.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
School District 101 special trustee negotiations meeting, 4:15 p.m. Monday, May 23, district office, 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry. Regular meeting, 6 p.m.
Troy City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Troy City Council room.
Governor assures Idaho's election will be safe and secure: As voters head to the polls Tuesday in counties big and small across Idaho, Governor Brad Little is assuring Idahoans of our state's history of safe and secure elections and highlighted new investments to continue our track record of election integrity.
Fisherman drowns in Lake Koocanusa: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a report of a vehicle driving into the water at the Koocanusa Marina, north of Libby and about 4:52 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies located a Ford F-250 pickup in the water near the end of the boat ramp.
Bonners Ferry FFA shines at competitions: On May 12-13, the Bonners Ferry FFA chapter went to four different contests. The first was State Forestry Contest put on by the Idaho Department of Lands at Farragut State Park. This is a series of eight different contests in a single location to help prepare students on the knowledge of work done for the forestry industry.
Helping families find infant formula: To address infant formula shortages in the wake of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to ensure that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Yesterday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Target, Reckitt, and Gerber, to discuss ways to get more formula quickly and safely onto store shelves.
Randy Weaver, 74, has died: Sara Weaver posted today on the "Ruby Ridge to Freedom" Facebook page that her father, Randy Weaver, 74, has died. She gave no details. Randy, who had served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, was a suspected militant white supremacist, wanted on a warrant for allegedly selling an illegal sawed-off shotgun to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms informant, but exonerated.
Federal flags to half-staff as tragic COVID milestone looms: If statistics hold as expected, the United States will reach a terrible milestone in the novel coronavirus pandemic. In anticipation of the U.S. reaching one million COVID-19 deaths, President Joe Biden today ordered flags at all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff through Monday, May 16.
Events & Entertainment
Announcing Alpha+ Summer Robotics Camp 2022: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team Alpha+ will host its fifth annual Summer Robotics Camp in July to introduce young students to the fun and excitement of robotics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Student teams will design, build, and program LEGO robots, culminating in an exciting tournament on the last day of camp.
Spring into summer in search of mines at the museum: Grab your and shovel, your gold pan, and your hard hat and come on down to the Lazy Susan Mine at the Museum on Saturday, May 21 ... There will be fun for all! At 10 a.m. Gary Regehr will be spinning some tales of Boundary County mines he has knowledge about. Gary will have photos as well as his stories to share. There will be Q/A time too.
DEITZY returning to headline at the Pearl Theater: Tickets are moving fast for the DEITZY concert coming up June 11 at the Pearl Theater, and a sold out show is almost a certainty, so if you want to see a great show, don't delay! DEITZY rocked the house opening for Runaway Symphony, and this time the hometown band will headline.
All invited to take part in Memorial Day Parade: Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, and every year the Boundary County 4-H program participates in the Memorial Day Parade. Benjamin Apo, with the American Legion, encourages everyone to participate! Your signage should say thank you to the veterans who have fallen in service to our country. Wear your red, white and blue!
High school reunion planners searching for classmates: Graduates of the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 1977 are planning a reunion dinner to be held on Saturday, July 23, at the Kootenai River Brewing Co. It’s been nearly 45 years since some classmates have seen each other, back when Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner and Stevie Wonder ruled the airwaves. Interest is strong in having a big, successful event.
Business
Lynn and Leah Jantz 2021 Conservation Farmers of the Year: Each year the Boundary Soil Conservation District looks back over the previous farming season and nominates and chooses a local farmer who went above and beyond. BSCD is pleased to announce their choice for 2021 Conservation Farmer of the Year to Kootenai Valley Ranch Inc., also known as Lynn and Leah Jantz. KVR is deeply rooted in agriculture, as well as soil and water conservation.
Toasty Mobile Saunas coming to Iron Mike's: Toasty Mobile Saunas will be offering hourly open sauna sessions at Iron Mike's Gym, 64450 US-2, Bonners Ferry, with one of their beautiful mobile saunas in the lot from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning April 7. Come and experience the warm, soft heat of a traditional wood-fired sauna!
An Elmira landmark enters an eclectic new phase: Once renowned for the best burgers in North Idaho, the grill at the Elmira Store on Highway 95 just south of the Bonner/Boundary County line was turned off in January, 2017, after the death of proprietor Ed Cook Jr. The grill remains cold, the post office closed, but that unprepossessing old building is open once again, now as Mountain Traders, and with a vibrancy that is sure to grow both the legacy and the legend of the way station between Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint.
Jake's Landing updating operating hours: The owners and staff at Jake's Landing in Porthill are excited with the border restriction changes coming at the end of the month, and they look forward to seeing their Canadian friends again. This week they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tribe's Kootenai Travel Plaza will bring revenue, Sonic: The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is planning the first phase of economic development on the Three-Mile portion of the Kootenai Indian Reservation, located in Ktunaxa Territory along Highway 95 and just west of the Boundary County Airport. Phase One of the economic development project consists of an 8,660 square foot travel center with gas and diesel fueling stations, truck parking, convenience store and a Sonic Restaurant!
Social
Nine local students earn honors a LCSC: A total of 870 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2022 semester, LC State administrators have announced. Among the honorees, 471 made the President’s List while 399 were named to the Dean’s List. Nine students so honored are from Boundary County.
Morris celebrates 96th on horseback: To celebrate her 96th birthday, staff helped Community Restorium resident Fay Morris fulfill her wish of horseback riding one more time. Fay has a long history of riding horses and this experience was a dream come true as you can see from the smile on her face.
Mechelle and Rocky say thank you: Mechelle Lech and her service dog, Rocky, received their mobility support harness today, helping to increase Mechelle's mobility and safety. She extends her thanks to everyone in the community who helped make it possible for her to get this piece of equipment.
Cole Fitch Boundary County's Ag Baby for 2022: In observance of agriculture, spring and new beginnings, Farm Bureau is pleased to announce this year’s first Boundary County baby of spring! Cole Louis Fitch was born at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, to Natasha and Cameron Fitch. This little guy came into the world weighing 6.8 pounds and he was 21 3/4 inches long, and he is well loved by a long list of agricultural families in Boundary County.
Teresa Rae Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year: Teresa Rae has been recognized with the “Woman of the Year” award at the Beta Sigma Phi Founders Day Program today. Member Janis Tucker asked Teresa to join them under false pretenses. On Thursday, she told her that one of their presenters had dropped out and could she come speak on behalf of Boundary Fuller Center for Housing, more commonly known as Habitat for Humanity. In exchange for a three to four minute presentation, Teresa was promised her delicious breakfast and the chance to sit next to her favorite middle school volleyball coach!
Sports/Outdoors
Getting ready for summer fun: Despite the threat of rain, a number of young Boundary County residents turned out today to take part in the motorcycle and ATV course taught by sheriff Dave Kramer, undersheriff Rich Stephens, corporal Clint Randall and Deputy Dave Wion, earning their Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation cards so they can legally ride on forest service trails open to motorbikes and ATVs without a driver’s license.
KVRC shooters make their mark at Spokane tourney: On April 30, four shooters from the Kootenai Valley Rifle Club travelled to Spokane to participate in the 51st annual George Conner Outdoor Smallbore Tournament. They would join 19 other shooters from the Spokane Rifle Club to shoot, with .22 smallbore single shot rifles, at the 100-yard, 50-yard and 50-meter distances.
IDFG seeks info on Kerr Lake elk poaching: Idaho Fish and Game has received information about two bull elk that were killed and left to waste near Kerr Lake in Boundary County in the Panhandle Region. Fish and Game is requesting the public to report any information about the incident. The investigating officer estimated the elk were killed sometime between the evening of April 30 and the morning of May 1 based on evidence observed.
Osborn takes it all in Tuesday's Trouble finale: Just days before her 90th birthday, Jeanne Osborn took all the marbles in the 32nd and final week of the Tuesday's Trouble ladies bowling league season at AJ's Lanes, taking high scratch game with a 204, rolling a four bagger along the way, high scratch series, 494, high handicap game 272 and high handicap series, leading the Lady Slippers, Jeanne, Evelyn Smith and Donna Nystrom, to landing high scratch game, 412, high scratch series 1,176, second high handicap game 638 and second high handicap series, 643.
Letters
To do nothing is unacceptable: I spent last night, like many of us in Idaho and across the nation, poring over the information coming out of Uvalde, holding my children with a greater intensity than I had that morning, and reflecting on how ... how in the United States of America, we could be dealing with another horrific school shooting ... how more families, more students, more first responders and more teachers could be experiencing a pain that I cannot begin to fathom ... and how to account for our leaders’ failures. By Kaylee Peterson, Candidate for U.S. Representative
Remembering the children who died that our rights be uninfringed: A man, no matter his color, creed, race or religion, who thinks of himself so highly that he can lose sight of the fact that we all love our children equally is a man lost. The man who would betray an innocent's trust and take from a child, his or another's, their innocence, is a creature reprehensible.
Another point of view about the election: Yes we lost, but have you any idea what has been lost? The county has been overrun with a collection of people with the most extreme ideology and dangerous self-righteous, self-serving, self-promoting and pompous posturing; dangerous in the fact that they use God as their hammer. By Jody McClintock
Boundary County built and sustained on strong backs of volunteers: A recent letter states a reason to vote for someone should be based upon the person who volunteers and sits on the many boards and organizations that make Boundary County “work.” Appearing to remain distant and being uninvolved does not mean someone cares less. By Rosanne Smith
Human Rights groups call for an end to the killing: We call for immediate action by the federal government and the states for passage of strong domestic terrorist control acts to combat the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States taking the lives and injuring so many innocent individuals. By the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force et al.
Obituaries
Myrna Lavey Phillips Carlson Watkins, 86, Bonners Ferry, passed away May 5, 2022. She was born August 15, 1935, in Mesa, Idaho, to Leslie (Jack) and Almeda Phillips. Funeral services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. Burial Services will be held at the Grandview Cemetery following the funeral service.
Carol "Kris" Lefebvre, 73, died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 4, 2022, at Sunset Home Assisted Living in Bonners Ferry. Kris was born on December 23, 1948, in Bonners Ferry the daughter of William and Carol Borg Chubb. Services will be announced at a later date.
Gina Randine Ballinger passed away peacefully in her house in Fleming Island, Florida, on March 8, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Boulevard, Orange Park, Florida.
Joseph Thomas Richardson, 93, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on April 24 from COPD. His last week was spent with various members of his family as he transitioned to his heavenly home. He was playful, loving and gentle during this transition. It was very much a reflection of who he was throughout his life. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Katie Sherman of Bonners Ferry died on April 18, 2022, at Mountain Valley of Cascadia Nursing Home in Kellogg, where she had been lovingly cared for by nurses, doctors and professional caregivers. She loved the people there and her beautiful view of the mountains. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street.

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